What a beautiful day for the first day of spring training (not). With the wind chill it was about 8 degrees - can’t say I missed the freezing runs. But the first day of training always feels like a huge family reunion. I’m so happy to get back into my Saturday morning routine.
I was so tempted to run with the 10:30s today. This felt really easy and I wanted to pick up the speed so badly. I need to remember though that these long runs are not about pace but covering the distance. My energy and speed need to be saved for hills and track days. It may feel torturous during these shorter runs but learning to run slow will be key when the mileage picks up. I learned the hard way that pushing myself for a fast 12-mile long run doesn’t mean a fast 13.1 on race day. Plus it always makes me feel extra badass to have enough energy to sprint up the huge hill right at the end our our run.